Whether you’ve got your eye set on a spunky puppy, a middle-aged mutt, or a wise old senior, your first dog is sure to work its way deep into your heart. There’s just something about dogs that makes us fall in love with them; in fact, they’ve evolved to love us and be as lovable as possible. So, it’s natural that you’d want to have the best gear for your new best friend.
In addition to the healthiest food, a strong leash, and a comfy spot for your pal to rest his head, your phone is one of the best tools you can use to be a great dog parent. Double-check that your smartphone is compatible with and fast enough to run all the best dog owner apps. If it doesn’t fit the bill, it may be time for an upgrade — after all, you don’t want to be caught with a lackluster device in your pup’s time of need.
Now that you’re ready, here are four apps that can make you an even better dog owner than you already are:
There are few things more distressing than realizing you can’t find your pet. Once, your only option would be to put up lost dog posters and hope someone spots your missing pal. Now, however, you can use a tracker and tracking app like Tagg to simply figure out where your dog has gone and quickly get reunited. This is a great app for new pet owners or those long-time owners who know their dog is great-escape inclined.
There are a lot of items that are perfectly safe for humans that are very dangerous for dogs, and our furry friends have an amazing talent for seeking those dangerous items out. If you discover that your pup has a mouthful of onions or is surrounded by half-chewed flowers, it’s important to be able to figure out if they’re in danger. PupTox gives you a quick and easy way to look up whatever your dog got into and see if it’s time to head to the vet.
Pet First Aid by American Red Cross
If you’re getting to know your first dog, you’re bound to have questions about how to keep them healthy. The Pet First Aid app by the American Red Cross (for Android and iOS) gives detailed information about everything from how to stop bleeding to finding a pet-friendly hotel. This app will save you from panicking and tell you how to care for your best friend.
iTrainer Dog Whistle & Clicker
One of the best ways to instill learning while training your dog is through the use of a clicker. This little sound helps your dog recognize when it’s achieved a task. iTrainer, for example, not only gives you an easy to use “click” noise, but it also features a dog whistle to get your pup’s attention, and several entertaining sounds such as birds, dogs, and squeaky toys. Plus, it has information on how to achieve clicker training through positive reinforcement.
Dogs are wonderful, and your first will always have a special place in your heart. Don’t let the work of caring for your four-legged friend intimidate you. Smartphones put a world of pet-friendly apps at your fingertips, empowering you to be the best dog owner you can be.
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